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NEW DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR ROYAL GEORGE

 

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It looks as if there is still life in the East Fremantle Royal George hotel development saga, with Saracen Properties indicating that they will submit a new planning application to the Town of East Fremantle and that they will start on the renovations of the heritage building in the next few weeks.

The application by the developer for a 20-storey residential highrise behind the old hotel was rejected by East Fremantle Council last year, so it will be interesting to see what the new plans for the site are.

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RIVERSIDE DRIVE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

 

 

I walked along Riverside Drive in East Fremantle yesterday afternoon to have a look at the road improvements the Town has made between east Street and the Leeuwin barracks.

There are fewer chikanes and speed humps for motorists, but the work is not completed yet, so they might still be added, because I believe the Town of East Fremantle wanted to reduce the speed limit along that sightseeing stretch of road.

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EAST FREO WOODSIDE FOCUS GROUPS

 

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Hall & Prior Aged Care are proposing to regenerate the former Woodside Maternity Hospital at 18 Dalgety St, East Fremantle into a world-class health and aged care community.
The development will revitalise the location for community use and amenity, and includes a full refurbishment of the Woodside heritage homestead to its former glory.

For more information visit www.WoodsideAgedCare.com.au

RSVP for a focus group by calling Joseph from Creating Communities on (08) 9284 0910 or visit; www.WoodsideAgedCare.eventbrite.com.au

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COMMUNITY DREAMS FOR GEORGE STREET

 

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It is always good for those who’d like to start a new business to find out what the community actually wants, because they don’t necessarily see the need for yet another cafe.

A mini community survey in East Fremantle discovered what people would really like in beautiful George Street, as the poster above shows.

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COMMUNITY CABINET DEMOCRACY IN THE BURBS

 

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It was full house at the East Fremantle Football Club on Sunday afternoon for the state Community Cabinet meeting with Premier Mark McGowan and all but two cabinet ministers.

The Premier told the crowd that he had launched the WA Covid Recovery Plan earlier in the day, and it is available on line, and that WA is the first state to do so. McGowan said that Covid-19 had been the main concern for the last five months and that when it started the National Cabinet had been told that many thousands of Australians could die, so closing the WA borders had been very successful.

The premier said there was a more rapid recovery now in WA with the government trying to get the society and economy back up again and getting confidence back across all sections of the community.

The Covid Recovery Plan would put solar panels on social housing and schools, and schools would become solar plants that would put energy back in the grid during school holidays and on weekends.

But the whole idea of the Community Cabinet is that people can ask questions, so that was done by those attending and through a live Facebook streaming.

The first question came from a very nervous high school student, but anyone who has done their first public speaking knows how nerve wracking that can be. The young lady lamented that the gym at the Melville Senior High School gets full of puddles when it rains, because the roof leaks, and pointed out Melville is one of only two schools with a dedicated netball program, which has produced many talents and professional players.

Education Minister Sue Ellery did not commit to repairing the roof, but pointed out the investments already made and future school projects, so I suppose the students and netball players can only hope that the planned new solar panels will keep the rain out of the gym.

A question about an Aboriginal cultural centre also received a non-committal response from Minister David Templeman, who said that the new Perth Museum would be outstanding and would have a significant indigenous display that will be embedded there, but there were a number of ideas explored for WA to be a world centre for indigenous culture. That would be great. Can we have it in Fremantle please!

We also learned, well, I did, that Exmouth is the first place in the world that runs totally on renewable energy, with a gas back up if it fails. “WA does renewable energy, not just talks about it.”

Minister Alannah MacTiernan said that hydrogen is the future and that significant innovative projects would start in the next five years.

Homelessness is a huge challenge, Minister Simone McGurk admitted but the new Common Ground project in Perth was a good start and a second one would be announced soon when the location was decided on. Social housing needs proper support for people to help them cope and outreach people were contacting people on the street to see what it is they need.

The Premier also mentioned that a lot of Lotterywest funding that would normally have gone to community groups and programs has to be diverted to the Covid Recovery Program.

It was an interesting and relaxed afternoon, with many familiar faces in the crowd. I quickly presented the Premier with the COVIDMAN T-shirt I had made for him by Freo T-Shirts and thanked him for keeping the WA borders closed and saving lives.

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JAZZ AT EAST FREO’S DUKE OF GEORGE

 

The Duke of George in East Fremantle is launching its dedicated “Jazz Thursdays” with double Grammy Award winner and local music legend Lucky Oceans, and two of Australia’s greatest US-based jazz musicians, saxophonist Troy Roberts and guitarist Tim Jago on Thursday 30 July.

Due to the Covid-19  pandemic, Troy and Tim have temporarily returned to the relative safety or their hometown, Perth. New York-based saxophonist Troy Roberts has recorded 12 albums in his own name, been nominated for two Grammy Awards and has played with Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Van Morrison, and Wayne Shorter.

Check out the Facebook page for more details about events at the Duke of George.

 

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STUNNING VIEWS AT EAST FREMANTLE YACHT CLUB

Posted in boating, city of fremantle, community, town of east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 26, 2020

 

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Like most businesses sporting clubs have also been impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions and loss of revenue from bar sales, restaurant, functions, etc. so today I went for a chat with Bronwyn at the East Fremantle Yacht Club to see how they are going.

They are looking forward to being back to almost normal in about three weeks, where they will again open to the public for breakfast, and they are keen to start taking bookings for weddings, corporate functions, corporate training, birthdays, club functions, etc.

The EFYC is at the far end of Petra Street overlooking the Swan River. It is a beautiful location, so make an appointment and go have a look if you are planning an event or party.

The EFYC was established in 1933 and has around 1,200 members, and for them the kitchen is also open for lunch and dinner. Of course new members are welcome!

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MASTER PLAN FOR EAST FREMANTLE FORESHORE

 

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At the Ordinary meeting held on 16 June 2020, East Fremantle Council endorsed a new Master Plan for the precinct north of Preston Point Road, overlooking the Swan River, to guide the site’s future development.

The vision includes improvements to facilities for community services, local sports and passive recreation.

The Town thanks everyone who contributed to the Master Plan, made possible through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries CSRF Fund.

Where to from here? The proposed elements will be mapped for monitoring and review, along with seeking funding partners to enable implementation.

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FREO RECYCLING CENTRE RE-OPENS FRIDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, recycling, rubbish, town of east fremantle, WASTE by freoview on June 11, 2020

 

 

The City of Fremantle’s Recycling Centre will reopen on Friday.

For the past month the City has operated a temporary drive-thru recycling service while the Recycling Centre was closed to protect the health of staff and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But with COVID-19 restrictions now easing the Recycling Centre, opposite the golf course on Montreal Street, will return to its normal operating hours from Friday 12 June.

Residents of the City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle will be able to drop off a range of recyclable materials including cardboard, polystyrene, metal, clothing, whitegoods, e-waste and green waste, and also pick up free mulch for the garden.

Mattresses and tyres can also be disposed of for a small fee.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was terrific to have the Recycling Centre open again.

“The Recycling Centre is an excellent facility that provides a fabulous service to the people of Fremantle and East Fremantle,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“I’m sure there are lots of people who have been accumulating recyclable materials at home during the COVID-19 shutdown that will be very keen to get rid of them when the centre opens again on Friday.

“Unfortunately we are still not able to reopen the Reuse Shop at this time, but we are planning to expand the shop and give it a makeover so it will be even better when it does open.

People can also dispose of their non-recyclable household junk at the centre as well. Just bring along their junk drop-off letter to have it stamped.

The centre will be a refund point when WA’s new Container Deposit Scheme kicks off on October 1, and a Household Hazardous Waste disposal facility will be established there later this year thanks to a recent state government grant.

The Recycling Centre’s opening hours are Friday 12 noon-4pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am-4pm.

For more information visit the Fremantle Recycling Centre page on the City’s website.

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EAST FREMANTLE COUNCIL RATES

 

There is quite a bit of controversy about the City of Fremantle rates for the next financial year, with even the local papers Fremantle Herald and Fremantle Gazette having an argy-bargy about it, so here also the Town of East Fremantle rates for the new financial year:

The following are the proposed Differential General Rates and Minimum Payments for the 2020/21 financial year.
Residential (GRV)                             7.4225 cents in the dollar
Commercial (GRV)                          11.403 cents in the dollar
Minimum (Residential)                     $1106
Minimum (Commercial)                    $1654
A statement of the Rating Objects and Reasons has been prepared and is available to view on the Town’s website www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au.

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